There has been a fair bit of research for organic geranium oil for some conditions, but is less researched for others. (Make sure to check with a doctor before using it, and don’t substitute geranium essential oil for a prescribed medication or treatment).
A 2017 review of One studies Trusted Source on geranium oil indicated that its antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties make it beneficial for reducing acne breakouts, skin irritation, and skin infections when applied topically. Geranium oil anti-inflammatory properties also make it beneficial for a number of inflammatory conditions, including those affecting skin.
One study Trusted Source indicated that geraniums anti-inflammatory qualities may make it beneficial for leg and foot swelling caused by edema. Anecdotal evidence indicates that adding geranium to bath water may be a good way to treat this condition. More research is needed to investigate the effects of geranium essential oil on edema.
Nasal vestibulitis is an uncomfortable condition associated with cancer drug treatment. A small observational study and anecdotal evidence suggests geranium may ease nasal symptoms such as bleeding, scabbing, pain, dryness, and sores. For the study, geranium oil was mixed with sesame oil and used as a nasal spray in women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.
Multiple studies suggest geranium oil may fight off bacterial infections because it has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. One study Trusted Source found that geranium oil was about as effective as amoxicillin at fighting bacterial strains, such as Staphylococcus aureus.
Certain neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) are associated with varying degrees of neuroinflammation. A study found that high concentrations of citronellol, a component of geranium essential oil, inhibited nitric oxide production, reducing inflammation and cell death in the brain. According to researchers, geranium oil may have benefits for people with neurodegenerative diseases that include neuroinflammation.
One study Trusted Source found that aromatherapy with geranium essential oil help stimulate secretion of salivary estrogen. They also theorized it may help with reduced estrogen and health-related symptoms caused by menopause and perimenopause.
Aromatherapy is becoming more mainstream, even in hospital settings. A randomized, clinical trial conducted by One Trusted Source of women in labor for the first time found that inhaled geranium essential oil had a calming effect and was able to reduce the anxiety. Anecdotal evidence also suggests geranium essential oil may promote relaxation and alleviate depressive mood.
Shingles often result in neuropathic pain which affects nerve fibers. One study found that topical application of geranium oil significantly reduced pain within minutes of application.
According to One Study Trusted Source, geraniums citronellol content makes it potentially effective for reducing allergic reactions. Anecdotal evidence suggests that topical use may reduce itching caused by allergic reactions because of the anti-inflammatory action of this essential oil.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that geranium essential oil may be beneficial for stopping minor wounds from bleeding. It may do this by speeding up coagulation, and by causing blood vessels to contract. It’s antibacterial and antiseptic properties are also beneficial for healing.
As an aromatherapy treatment, you can dab geranium oil on paper towels, or on cloth you don’t mind staining. You can also place it in a room diffuser, to scent a large space. There are also personal-use diffusers, such as aroma inhaler sticks, that you can fill with oil and breathe in on-the-go.
For adults, start by mixing 15 drops of essential oil per 6 teaspoons of carrier oil. This will equal a 2.5 percent dilution. For children, 3 to 6 drops of essential oil per 6 teaspoons of carrier oil is a safe amount.
Essential oils should never be swallowed.